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Woman drowns at Mackinac Island

MACKINAC ISLAND — A 22 year-old woman drowned in Lake Huron at Mackinac Island. On Monday, June 10, shortly after 9 a.m., Michigan State Police, Mackinac Island Police and Mackinac Island rescue personnel responded to the area of M185 and milepost 3.5 after reports of a person in distress in Lake Huron.

Witnesses on scene reported they saw a paddle boarder in the water, yelling for help. The witnesses called 911 to report the incident and lost sight of the woman. After being underwater for a “considerable amount of time,” the woman was located and pulled from the water by marine rescue and United States Coast Guard personnel.

After retrieving the paddle boarder, responders began lifesaving efforts and flew the woman to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City where she would later die.

“It should be noted that at the time of this incident, winds were high with whitecaps on Lake Huron, air temperature was approximately 52 degrees Fahrenheit, and water temperatures were less than 57 degrees Fahrenheit,” a statement from the Michigan State Police read.

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